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Daily Encounter~ How to Be Filled with God's Holy Spirit

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Re: Daily Encounter~ How to Be Filled with God's Holy Spirit

Post  Admin on Wed 14 Apr 2010, 9:19 pm

Today's Daily Encounter
How to Be Filled with God's Holy Spirit, Part III
Today we conclude the series on "How to Be Filled with
God's Holy Spirit" by sharing the final key and
explaining how to maintain the filling of the Spirit.
The first four keys were: 1. Present your life to
Jesus Christ. 2. Obey God on every Issue. 3. Want
sincerely to be filled. 4. Entreat God for His
filling. We continue with the fifth key, R:
5. Receive the filling by faith. The Bible says, "By
this he [Jesus] meant the Spirit, whom those who
believed in him were later to receive."15 And again,
"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer,
believe that you have received it, and it will be
yours."16
If you adhere to God's principles for the filling of
the Holy Spirit--Present, Obey, Want, Entreat, and
Receive-- God will fill you with his Spirit regardless
of how you feel. God's Word doesn't say that you will
receive "good feelings" when you are filled with the
Holy Spirit (although you may or may not) but that you
will receive POWER. We need to take God at his Word,
believe him, and act accordingly.
What is the evidence of the filling of the Holy
Spirit? The sure-fire evidence of the filling of the
Holy Spirit, according to God’s Word, is power--power
to be an effective witness for Christ, power to serve
Christ, power to live a life that is in harmony with
God's will, and power to bear the fruit of the Spirit.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness
and self-control. Against such things there is no
law."17
Having a gift or gifts of the Spirit are not
necessarily evidence of the filling of the Holy Spirit
because a person may have many gifts of the Spirit but
be anything but filled with God's Spirit.
How to maintain the filling of the Holy Spirit: The
filling of the Spirit is not a once-for-all
experience. It is a continual action and a daily need.
The literal translation of the command to be filled
with the Spirit18 is to "keep on being filled with the
Spirit." The disciples of Jesus were repeatedly filled
with the Holy Spirit.19 Learn to continually abide in
Christ who said, "I am the vine; you are the branches.
If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much
fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."20 We abide
in Christ by spending time regularly with him in his
Word and in prayer and by daily maintaining the five
key steps.
A suggested prayer for the filling of the Holy Spirit:
"Lord Jesus, I surrender my heart and life
unconditionally to you. Please take complete control
of my life, forgive me for every sin, and fill me with
your Holy Spirit and power so that my life will always
be lived for you and thereby glorify your name. Thank
you for taking control of my life, forgiving me for
all my sins, and filling me with your Holy Spirit as
you have commanded and promised to all who obey you,
ask for, and believe. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."

Remember P-O-W-E-R.
15. John 7:39 (NIV).
16. Mark 11:24 (NIV).
17. Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV).
18. Ephesians 5:18 (NIV).
19. See Acts 2:4, 4:31, 9:17 and 13:9.
20. John 15:5 (NIV).
Adapted from the online article, "How to Be Filled
with God's Holy Spirit," at:
http://tinyurl.com/gods-spirit
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Re: Daily Encounter~ How to Be Filled with God's Holy Spirit

Post  Admin on Tue 13 Apr 2010, 2:03 pm

Today's Daily Encounter
How to Be Filled with God's Holy Spirit, Part II

Yesterday we spoke of the need for being filled with
God's Holy Spirit in order to empower us for
successful Christian living. The first key for how to
be filled was "Present Your Life to Jesus Christ."
Today we mention four more keys and start with the
second key.
2. Obey God on every issue. The second step to being
filled with God's Spirit is obedience; that is,
obedience to every command and direction of God as
found in his Word, the Bible. His Word says, "We are
witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit,
who is given to those who obey him."5
We need to realize that, like the laws of the land,
all of God's laws are for our benefit, protection and
well-being. They are not to keep us bound in rigid,
false-religion legalism. Thus it is imperative to
search the scriptures daily to learn what is essential
for living in harmony with all that God's Word teaches.
Realize, too, that disobedience to God's laws is sin
and this grieves the Holy Spirit which, in turn,
breaks communion and fellowship with God.6 Thus all
sin needs to be confessed and forgiveness received
from God, which God always gives to those who confess
their sins to him.7 Should you fall down, get up
immediately, confess, ask God for forgiveness, and go
on.8
3. Want sincerely to be filled. Jesus said, "Blessed
are those who hunger and thirst [strongly desire] for
righteousness, for they will be filled."9 This
principle also applies to being filled with God's Holy
Spirit. As Jesus also stated, "'If anyone is thirsty,
let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me,
as the scripture has said, streams of living water
will flow from within him.' By this he meant the
Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to
receive."10
And as Jesus said to the lame man lying by the pool of
Bethesda who had been an invalid for thirty-eight
years, "Do you want to get well?"11 He didn't say,
"Do you wish to get well?" He said, "Do you want to
get well?" So we, too, to be filled with God's Spirit
need to want this with all of our heart and be willing
to meet the requirements that God says are needed to be
filled.
4. Entreat God for His filling. Entreat simply means
to ask. Jesus said, "If you then, though you are evil,
know how to give good gifts to your children, how much
more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit
to those who ask him!"12 And again, "This is the
confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask
anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we
know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we
have what we asked of him."13
We can ask God with confidence because we know that it
is his will for every Christian to be filled with the
Holy Spirit. In fact, God has commanded it saying,
"... be filled with the Spirit."14 Therefore "ask and
you will receive."
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me always to
depend on your Holy Spirit for guidance and direction
in my daily living, and to empower me to be an
effective Christian witness. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
5. Acts 5:32 (NIV).
6. See Ephesians 4:30 and 1 Thessalonians 5:19.
7. 1 John 1:9.
8. See Proverbs 24:16.
9. Matthew 5:6.
10. John 7:37-39 (NIV).
11. John 5:6 (NIV).
12. Luke 11:13 (NIV).
13. 1 John 5:14-15 (NIV).
14. Ephesians 5:18 (NIV).
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Daily Encounter~ How to Be Filled with God's Holy Spirit

Post  Admin on Mon 12 Apr 2010, 10:49 pm

Today's Daily Encounter
How to Be Filled with God's Holy Spirit, Part I

On one occasion the late evangelist, Dwight L. Moody,
holding up an empty drinking glass, asked one of his
audiences: "Tell me, how can I get the air out of this
glass?" One man said, "Suck it out with a pump." Moody
replied, "That would create a vacuum and shatter the
glass." After many impossible suggestions, Moody
smiled, picked up a pitcher of water, and filled the
glass. "There," he said, "all the air is now removed."
He then went on to show that victory in the Christian
life is not by sucking out a sin here and there, but
rather by being filled with the Spirit of God.1
As genuine Christians if we are to live a successful
Christian life--one that empowers us to overcome
sinful ways, gives us a sense of inner peace, and
empowers us to live a fruitful life that glorifies
God--it is essential that we are filled with God’s
Holy Spirit.
In fact it is God’s will that every Christian “be
filled with the Spirit,"2 the evidence of which is
P-O-W-E-R. As Jesus said to his disciples, “But you
will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all
Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."3 So
the question is: How can we be filled with God’s Holy
Spirit? Following are five key steps:
P - Present your life to Jesus Christ
O - Obey God on every issue
W - Want sincerely to be filled
E - Entreat or ask God to be filled
R - Receive the filling by faith
1. Present your life to Jesus Christ. To be filled
with and empowered by the Holy Spirit for fruitful and
dynamic living, it is essential that we daily present,
commit and trust our life to Jesus Christ in
unconditional surrender--in deed and not just in word.
The Bible says, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the
mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and
holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your
spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed
to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of
your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God
is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."4
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for the gift of
the Holy Spirit given to empower me to be an effective
witness for you and to help me live a victorious and
meaningful Christian life. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."
1. Lee Tan, Paul, Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations,
Assurance Publishers, Rockville, Maryland 20851, p.
555. ©️ 1979 by Paul Lee Tan.
2. Ephesians 5:18 (NIV).
3. Acts 1:8 (NIV).
4. Romans 12:1-2 (NASB).
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